‘Govt must carry out land audit’

via ‘Govt must carry out land audit’ October 28, 2013 NewsDay

THE government should carry out a land audit which was abandoned following the end of the unity government in order to save vulnerable groups from imminent hunger, a civil society organisation has said.

In a statement, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiCZ) said it was important for government to carry out an intensive land audit in order to remedy the imminent hunger which the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZIMVAC) said would affect 2,2 million people next year.

The Global Political Agreement (GPA) which expired following the end of the Government of National Unity (GNU) in July stressed on the need for a land audit for the purposes of establishing land accountability.

“The land audit, which the Ministry of Lands and Rural Settlement did not carry out, among other things that were neglected in the agreement, had been recommended in Article V, which attempted to remedy the food insecurity emanating from Zimbabwe’s land invasions, and “ensure that land is used productively,” read the report.

Article 5.9 (a) of the GPA encouraged government to “conduct a comprehensive, transparent and non-partisan land audit, during the tenure of the Seventh Parliament of Zimbabwe, for the purposes of establishing accountability and eliminating multiple farm ownership.”

CiZC spokesperson Thabani Nyoni said a land audit would bring a lot of issues to light for planning around reviving the agricultural sector.

“One of the things the land audit does is that it does not only reveal who owns what,” Nyoni said.

“It also gauges the level of land underutilisation and what the utilised land is being used for. It also shows what percentage of arable land is allocated to food crop production and what percentage is allocated to cash crop production.”

Nyoni said the information was necessary to inform agricultural policy as it relates to food security policies, arguing that currently there could be “more land owners than farmers” due to the politicised nature of the Zanu-PF-led land grab.



  • comment-avatar
    Tjingababili 10 years ago


  • comment-avatar

    What a sick joke. Like the voters roll, a land audit will never see the light of day.

    In the meantime, are we not best to work out how best to bring down these murdering thieves and rapists so that democratic change has a chance?

    So first, we need to cleanse our democratic movements of leaders who are daydreamers, sleep walkers and those who make easy prey for CIO operations to flaunt known Zanu-PF women in their face.

    Secondly, we need leaders who are alert and are not so stupid as to take the nation into an ambush election, despite dire warnings from experts, without taking simple precautions like inspecting and verifying the authenticity of the voters roll.

    Thirdly, once decent leadership is in place, roll out smart operations countrywide to make the country ungovernable and do whatever it takes to bring down these murderous looters once and for all.

    Only then can a land audit be conducted.

  • comment-avatar
    Nyoni 10 years ago

    We know of land given to the so called chefs during the land grab which is lying useless to this day. What a waste and what selfishness on the part of the Zanu oligoth.

  • comment-avatar
    Chivulamapoti 10 years ago

    What do you mean by ‘Chefs’, do you mean Chiefs? Chefs are cooks!
    Anyway, a Land Audit is impossible, just as a Diamond, Agri-Input or Housing Audit is impossible.
    The Mugarbage and his Band of Thievs will never tolerate such interference!

  • comment-avatar

    No I do not mean Chiefs although some of the chiefs could be chefs. A chef in Zimbabwe is not a cook, he/she is a zanu chronie